plants

Chaz

£14.00

Swiss cheese plant

Monstera Deliciosa; Ceriman; Custard plant; Indian ivy; Fruit salad plant; Mexican breadfruit; Cheese plant

Why we love Chaz

He’s a classic with loads of personality. He’s really easy to look after and makes a style statement wherever you put him.

Most light conditions
Easy care
The patch promise

Those majestic leaves can get dusty. Dust make it harder for him to absorb light, so give his leaves a gentle wipe if they look grubby.

Quick facts

Botanical name

Monstera deliciosa

Nickname

Cheese plant; Ceriman; Custard plant; Indian ivy; Fruit salad plant; Mexican breadfruit

Plant type

Evergreen shrub, indoor

Air purifying

Yes

Plant height (including pot)

40-50cm; 90-100cm; 110-120cm

Pet/baby safe

Toxic if eaten

Nursery pot size

14cm; 35cm; 26cm

About Swiss cheese plants

This plant’s latin name, monstera deliciosa, translates as - you’ve probably worked this out - ‘delicious monster’. And isn’t it just. The monster part is likely because of its huge, glossy leaves. The delicious part is because in the wild it bears (apparently) very tasty fruit.

The reason its leaves have all those holes is because it’s used to growing in jungle shade. It’s an epiphyte, which means it grows in crevices in large trees. The gaps in its leaves allow the available light to reach the lowest foliage. The holes in the leaves develop as the plant grows larger. If you order the smallest, youngest plant, it may arrive without the signature notches in all its leaves. They'll appear as it matures.

With its gorgeous foliage it’s a real statement piece, wherever you put it. It’s not hard to take care of and is tolerant of surprisingly low light. It will also love you if you give it a feed with liquid fertiliser once a month in spring and summer. It will help it grow big and strong.

Please note that the 110-120cm Swiss cheese plant comes with a moss pole for support (physical, not emotional). The 90-100cm plant has been trained so that it has especially dense foliage. It may not be as tall as its largest brother, but as you can see, it's extra leafy.

Did you know?

When it grows really large, the Swiss cheese plant grows long, aerial roots. In Peru, these roots are used to make ropes.

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